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EU Parliament : Those pushing for Sanctions v. Hungary are a Minority !

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- EU Parliament Vote's full Results, clearly reveal the Fact that a Controversial Call to put unprecedented Sanctions against the Popular Hungarian Government of Victor Orban, isn't backed but Only by a MEPs' Minority :

Indeed, out of a Total of 750 MEPs in EU Parliament, it's only 342 who Voted for that, (i.e. Less than the Half), while, on the Contrary, 408 (i.e. an Absolute Majority), dd NOT.

In particular, 303 MEPs Voted Against, 38 Abstained, and 67 were exceptionaly Absent from that Vote.

Almost 5 Political Groups were Against : The Biggest of all, i.e. that of ChristianDemocrats/"EPP", the "Freedom and Direct Democracy" Group^, the Conservatives and Reformists, the "Nations and Freedoms", well as most "Independents". In addition, it's even many ... Leftists, who joined them.

So that those who Voted for Sanctions came Only from the Left side of the Political spectrum : Socialists, Liberals, Greens and part of Leftists.


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+ An even Bigger Majority of MEPs did NOT Vote a Demand for EU Parliament's LIBE Committee to Officialy "Initiate the Proceedings" for an EU Council act according to Article 7(1) of EU Treaty on Sanctions in case of "Serious Threat" to EU Values, as the Left claimed :

 

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Only a Minority of 346 (out of EU Parliament's 750) MEPs Voted that Crucial point, while an Absolute Majority of 404 MEPs did NOT.
Indeed, 311 MEPs prefered to Vote Against, 29 Abstained, and 64 MEPs were Exceptionaly Absent.

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The main New Accusations by Critics against the popular Hungarian Government of Victor Orban, (who has Won all Recent Elections (National and European), have been Triggered by alleged Measures against Controversial Multi-Billionaire Soros' private "University" that he had implanted in Budapest, as well as by attempts to make respect "Transparency" in various NGOs Funded by Foreign sources from Abroad, and to Better Monitor the Giant Influx of Mass Asyum Seekers/Irregular Migrants entering in Europe particularly Smuggled through Neighbouring Turkey, (even if Hungary already Hosts a 1st Record High Percentage of such Mass Migrants, in relation to its Native Population, with a Proportion Bigger even from that in Germany and/or in Greece), etc.

 
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Already, the otherwise very Critical CoE's PanEuropean Commissioner for Human Rights, Muižnieks, has Acknowledged the Fact that Hungary has a "Thriving", as he underlined, "Civil Society" with "many Activists", but pro-Government circles have also Complained about alleged Risks for several among them to be Manipulated by Foreign circles, located Abroad.

Russia and other Countries have recently tried to Better Control or OutLaw such NGOs Funded by Foreigners from Abroad. All 3 main Presidential Candidates of the Right in France had planned, in their pre-Electoral programs and Popular promises, to Check at least Islamic Mosques funded inside Europe by Qatar and/or Saudi Arabia, etc. After the recent Berlin Massacre of innocent Civilians targetted by an irregular Migrant visiting a Controversial Mosque Funded and Controlled by the controversial Turkish Organisation IDLIB, the German Government denounced a lot of Imams controlled by Ankara's Government who are reportedly Spying on various alleged Dissidents inside Europe.


Meanwhile, Greek President Pavlopoulos, a former French-educated University Professor of Law, replying recently to MEPs' Questions at CoE's Parliamentary Assembly, denounced the fact that, Opposite to Real Refugees wo would be "Easy to Integrate" in Europe, Turkish Smugglers are Sending also many Irregular Economic Migrants and even several Thugs or even Criminals, as he said, urging the EU to Help the Greek Authorities in "Distinguishing" between those Different groups in real Practice.


While it's also a notorious Fact that several among Paris' Deadly ISIl's Terrorists had been Hidden among so-called Mass "Refugees" who enterer EU Member Greece through Turkey, a recently Growing Number of various kinds of Brutal Aggressions against innocent Civilian People by Thugs throughout Many Countries in Europe, that they massively infiltrated via Turkey. But Ankara Government's frequent Threats to unleash even More Massive Irregular Migrants' waves towards Europe, if its Demands are Not Satisfied by the EU, could have been a Lethal Blackmail for Europe's image and reality, if several Western Balkans' Countries, after Hungary and later Austria, etc., hadn't Succeeded, in the meantime, to practicaly Close the "Balkan Route" for massive Human Smuggling into the EU.

However, (and despite a growing Popularity of at least some among Victor Orban's policies, not only in  Europe, but also in the USA, etc), curiously, many Socialist or LIberal circles suddenly, started to Target and systematically Harass Hungary, particularly during the End of former US President Obama's term (2013-1/2017), withOut even Accepting a Compromise (with Critical but Measured moves) offered this week by the Head of ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group of MEPs in EU Parlliament, Manfred Weber.


On the Contrary, they Rejected, earlier Today, not only an Alternative Draft Resolution tabled by Weber on Hungary for this purpose, but even 2 Key Compromise Amendments that he had presented meanwhile, and which could have easily find a Majority of MEPs ready to Vote for them, in a much more United Eu Parliament

 

=> In such conditions, it's obviously Unlikely that EU Council might ever find at least a required "Qualified Majority" to Yield to such controversial desiderata pushed Only by a Smaller than expected Number of MEPs of the Left only (Comp. Supra). 

 

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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